September 6, 2013

Politics and Foreign Policy:
On the visit of President of the People’s Republic of China Xi Jinping to Uzbekistan
Chinese President: Uzbekistan is strategic partner of China
Meeting at the Senate of the Oliy Majlis
In MFA of Uzbekistan was held a meeting with delegation from Senate of France
In MFA of Uzbekistan were discussed practical issues of Uzbek-Japanese relations
Economics:
“GoldenDragon” is planning to assemble buses in Uzbekistan
Investments to create new jobs
The coal industry is increasing production
Uzbekistan to construct second line of Bukhara Refinery
Tashkent will host business talks between the Uzbek and Hungarian entrepreneurs
Society:
Improving the quality of education
Uzbekistan Airways enhances staff skills
Over 4.4 million pupils study in schools in Uzbekistan
Andijan host exhibition of craftsmen

POLICY and FOREIGN POLICY

ON THE VISIT OF PRESIDENT OF THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA XI JINPING TO UZBEKISTAN

President of the People’s Republic of China Xi Jinping will pay a state visit to the Republic of Uzbekistan on 8-10 September 2013 at the invitation of President Islam Karimov.

The state and prospects of strengthening Uzbek-Chinese strategic partnership, enhancing trade-economic and investment cooperation, the issues of interaction within international organizations are planned for discussion, and the parties are expected to exchange views on topical regional problems during the course of the visit.

The heads of state are to sign the Friendship and Cooperation Treaty and a Joint Declaration on further development and deepening bilateral relations of strategic partnership, as well as a range of documents on economic cooperation following the negotiations.

(Source: UzA – Uzbekistan national news agency)

CHINESE PRESIDENT: UZBEKISTAN IS STRATEGIC PARTNER OF CHINA

President of China Xi Jinping will pay a state visit to Uzbekistan on 8-10 September 2013. On the eve of the visit, he gave interview to Jahon news agency of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan.

Chinese President said that Uzbekistan is a close and friendly neighbor as well as a strategic partner of China.

“Over the past 21 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations, China-Uzbekistan relations have maintained sound and steady growth. Fruitful cooperation has been conducted across the board and a large number of major joint projects successfully implemented to the benefit of the people. In 2012, two-way trade reached 2.875 billion U.S. dollars, more than 50 times the figure in the early days of diplomatic relations. China is now Uzbekistan’ s second largest trading partner and its biggest source of foreign investment. The China-Uzbekistan strategic partnership is brimming with vigor and vitality. China will, acting in the long-term interests and in keeping with the need of the growth of bilateral relations, work with Uzbekistan to take the strategic partnership to new heights,” he said.

Chinese leader said: “Both China and Uzbekistan boast time-honored history and splendid culture. More than 2,000 years ago, the Chinese and Uzbek people opened the Silk Road together. Today, it is the shared historic mission of both countries to revive the Silk Road. By fully tapping into their geographic proximity, economic complementarity and close cultural, historical and people-to-people ties, the two countries may work actively together in the following areas. First, advance connectivity. China is ready to cooperate with Uzbekistan in rail, road, air and transit transportation, among others. Second, expand trade and investment and raise the quality of business cooperation. The Chinese government will encourage more Chinese companies with a competitive edge to invest in Uzbekistan and welcome Uzbek companies to conduct business in China. Third, boost people-to-people exchanges. We will tap the potential in tourism cooperation, actively exchange academic and other delegations and stage cultural performances in each other’s countries.”

“I am confident that with the joint efforts of the two sides, the modern Silk Road with diverse forms and rich content will definitely bring more benefits to the two peoples,” he added.

“In the past 12 years since the founding of the SCO, member states have forged a close community of common destinies and shared interests. In the face of complex regional and international situation, maintaining regional security and stability and promoting common development of member states has been, is and will continue to be SCO’s top priority and objective for quite a long time to come,” Xi Jinping said.

“On security, member states need to continue to firmly support each other’s endeavor to safeguard national security and social stability and intensify efforts to combat terrorism, separatism and extremism and drug-related crimes. What merits caution is that there is a growing tendency of terrorists and drug criminals colluding with each other in the region. Therefore, counter-terrorism and anti-narcotic efforts should be integrated with a two-pronged approach. China believes that there is a need to give the SCO Regional Counter-Terrorism Structure the function of anti-narcotics to enhance its overall ability to fight both terrorism and drug trafficking,” the Chinese President stated.

“On economy, member states need to vigorously promote pragmatic cooperation. The ultimate purpose of maintaining regional security and stability is to achieve common development and prosperity. Parties need to accelerate the implementation of cooperation projects in such advantageous areas as transport, energy, communications and agriculture, and expedite studies on setting up an SCO development bank to resolve project financing difficulties and address international financial risks. Moreover, the SCO needs to step up pragmatic cooperation with other multilateral mechanisms in the region to draw on each other’s strengths.

“China has all along supported SCO’s development. For a long time, China has actively exchanged experience on law-enforcement and security cooperation with other member states, provided concessional loans for economic cooperation among member states, helped them train professionals for national development, and worked with them to respond to the international financial crisis in a spirit of solidarity. China will continue to join hands with other member states to create a brighter future for the SCO,” he added.

Xi Jinping noted “Since its inception, the SCO has taken solid steps in cooperation in political, security, economic, people-to-people and cultural fields and on the international stage. It has played an important role in maintaining regional security and stability and promoting common development, and is now brimming with vigor and vitality. It has become the consensus of member states to facilitate faster and better development of the organization and to promote the attainment of common targets.”

He said that the SCO Bishkek Summit will take place against two important backgrounds.

“First, there have been new changes in the region and the world. In-depth adjustments in global economy, persistent turmoil in west Asia and north Africa, and new complexities in the Afghanistan issue have all posed new challenges to regional security and stability and to SCO cooperation and development. At the same time, emerging economies have demonstrated greater development potential and broader prospects for cooperation. This has brought new opportunities for SCO’s development. Second, the Treaty on Long-Term Good-Neighborliness, Friendship and Cooperation Between the SCO Member States, which has officially come into effect, has injected fresh impetus to member states’ efforts to elevate cooperation to a higher level, improve their capacity in meeting various threats and challenges, and speed up the building of a region of lasting peace and common prosperity. In this context, the upcoming summit will make plans and arrangements for SCO’s work at the next stage in line with the above-mentioned developments and changes.

“I believe that to advance the development of the SCO, it is necessary to continue to carry forward the "Shanghai Spirit" that features mutual trust, mutual benefit, equality, consultation, respect for diverse civilizations and the pursuit of common development. It is important to ensure success in two areas: first, enhance self-development, improve capacity-building, and increase efficiency and level of cooperation; second, strengthen partnership network building, promote cooperation with observers and dialogue partners through concrete steps, and jointly work out regional development plans. Three tasks need to be fulfilled in real earnest, namely, maintaining security, developing the economy and improving people’s wellbeing as identified in the Strategic Plan for the Medium-Term Development of the SCO, to the benefit of people of member states,” he underlined.

“At the summit, I will put forth China’s views and initiatives on the afore-mentioned matters and I look forward to hearing valuable opinions from colleagues. I am confident that with concerted efforts of all member states, the summit will produce expected results and open a new chapter in the development of the organization,” he concluded.

(Source:UzDaily.com)

MEETING AT THE SENATE OF THE OLIY MAJLIS

A visiting French parliamentary delegation, headed by Senator André Dulait, chairman of the “France-Central Asia” friendship group in the French Senate, met with the Chairman of the Senate of the Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan Ilgizar Sabirov.

During the talks it was noted that cooperation between Uzbekistan and France has been consistently on the rise in all directions, in particular, in parliamentary sphere.

The parties exchanged views on the issues of interaction between legislative bodies of the two countries at the meeting. As was noted, the parliamentary cooperation plays a main role in strengthening legal basis of bilateral relations.

The works on deepening democratic reforms and development of civil society institutions, undertaken on the guidance of President Islam Karimov, have provided its results. The efforts of Uzbekistan in strengthening peace and stability in the region, solving environmental and transboundary water problems, stabilization of ecological situation in the Aral Sea area have been widely acknowledged.

“France-Central Asia” friendship groups aims at reinforcing mutually beneficial cooperation with the parliaments of the countries of the region.

- Cooperation between our countries has been consistently developing, - said Andre Dulait. – We are interested in enhancing and strengthening partnership with Uzbekistan in all spheres, in particular, in parliamentary sphere, industrial and cultural cooperation, joint development and implementation of prospective projects.

(Source: UzA – Uzbekistan national news agency)

IN MFA OF UZBEKISTAN WAS HELD A MEETING WITH DELEGATION FROM SENATE OF FRANCE

On September 5, 2013 Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan Abdulaziz Kamilov met with a delegation from the Senate of the French Republic, headed by the chairman of the friendship group "France-Central Asia", Senator André Dulait.

The delegation is in the country as part of regular Uzbek-French inter-parliamentary exchanges.

During the meeting, the sides discussed a wide range of issues of cooperation between Uzbekistan and France, both bilaterally and in multilateral organizations.

The two sides noted the fruitful character of cooperation between the legislative branches of the government of the two countries.

It was emphasized that there is growing interest among business circles of Uzbekistan and France in the development of trade, economic and investment cooperation and implementation of joint projects, including through the French Development Agency.

Sides also exchanged views on important aspects of international and regional issues.

In discussions was also present Chargé d'Affaires of France, Miriam Galland.

(Source: “Uzreport” Agency)

IN MFA OF UZBEKISTAN WERE DISCUSSED PRACTICAL ISSUES OF UZBEK-JAPANESE RELATIONS

On September 3, 2013 at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan was held a meeting with Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan, Fumihiko Kato.

During the meeting the sides discussed the practical issues of the Uzbek-Japanese relations, including a schedule of upcoming bilateral contacts at the foreign ministries level and other levels.

The sides also exchanged views on important international and regional issues.

(Source: “Uzreport” Agency)

ECONOMY

GOLDENDRAGON" IS PLANNING TO ASSEMBLE BUSES IN UZBEKISTAN

On September 5, 2013, in UzbekTurizm, senior officials of the company met with representatives of major Chinese bus manufacturer ”Golden Dragon”, headed by Director of Sales Department Bao Hong Quan.

Mr. Bao Hong Quan briefed on plans of cooperation of GoldenDragon with the Republic of Uzbekistan. He noted that the strategic goal of the company is to establish a bus assembly industrial complex of European quality in Uzbekistan, with further export of products to CIS countries, reports the press service of UzbekTurizm.

Mr. Bao said that development of partnership relations with Uzbekistan, in particular, with UzbekTurizm is the highest priority for GoldenDragon.

During the meeting, the sides discussed the issue of supply of tour buses and vans within the program of the development of Horezm region.

The Chinese delegation noted the rapid pace of infrastructure development in Uzbekistan and the economy as a whole. Mr. Bao paid special attention to improving quality of roads, development of automobile industry and high level of training of per.

After negotiations, the Uzbek side expressed its readiness for fruitful cooperation and exchange of information.

(Source: “Uzreport” Agency)

INVESTMENTS TO CREATE NEW JOBS

The Central Bank of the Republic of Uzbekistan organized a press conference on the topic “Employment issues under the attention of banks" at the National Press Center.

As was noted during the event a great attention to the creation of new industrial enterprises , upgrading and expansion of existing , encouraging entrepreneurship , family businesses and home-based work, paid under the leadership of President Islam Karimov, is an important factor in facilitating employment. In the Year of Well-being and Prosperity ongoing work in this direction is taking ever-broadening scope.

During the past eight months because of allocated investments by commercial banks over 600,000 jobs were created. In particular, 157 billion soums were allocated to the development of family business and handicrafts, support of agricultural producers and the purchase of cattle, 48 billion soums- for establishing new and renovating existing orchards and vineyards, 119 billion soums of investments for the expansion of poultry , fish farming , bee-keeping. As a result, tens of thousands of people were provided with jobs.

In addition, 28.1 billion soum loans were directed by commercial banks of Uzbekistan to development of agro-processing and food production through the creation of new, reconstruction and modernization of existing enterprises.

According to the vice chairman of the Agrobank Open Joint-Stock Commercial Bank Alisher Muratov, for the past period of the year the work on financial improvement of more than 22 bankrupt companies have been carried carried out, as a result of which 30,000 new jobs have been created.

In accordance with the Decree of the President Islam Karimov on 28 July 2010 " On additional measures to involve graduates of educational institutions in entrepreneurial activity" for the past period of the year business projects of more than 7.2 thousand graduates have been approved for implementation and over 60 billion soums were allocated for that purpose. It is 2.6 times more than in the same period last year.

The Central Bank of the Republic of Uzbekistan has been organizing meetings, discussions, workshops, training sessions, which provide comprehensive information on the benefits provided for representatives of small businesses and entrepreneurship.

(Source: “Uzreport” Agency)

THE COAL INDUSTRY IS INCREASING PRODUCTION

During the first half of 2013 the country's coal mines produced more than 2 million 67 thousand tons of coal, which exceeded the expected forecast figures for the industry. High growth rates have been made possible by upgrading the production facilities of the sphere.

At a meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers, dedicated to the socio-economic development in 2012 and the most important priorities of economic program for 2013, President Islam Karimov stressed that the priorities in the implementation of the program in the short term should be to accelerate and expand the scale of modernization, technical and technological modernization of the economy and its leading industries, diversify production.

Coal industry occupies one of the key positions in the energy sector of the country. Over the past years, the industry has been characterized by steady growth rate of coal production and sales, as well as the positive dynamics of the main economic and financial indicators.

In Uzbekistan, the main consumer of solid fuels is the electricity sector, which accounts for over 85 percent of total coal consumption. There is a demand from the industrial, social and community enterprises, population. Uzbekkumir, a subsidiare of Uzbekenergo, is among the largest coal mining companies in the country.

According to the data provided by Uzbekkumir, for six months in 2013 the coal industry has exceeded their forecast figures for the extraction of coal by 1.8 percent. During the reported period, commodity output for 1.7 billion soums has been realised. New jobs, including home-based work, have been created.

In order to further ensure sustainable and balanced development of the coal industry through the implementation of investment projects, the expansion of the resource base, the safety of mining operations, training for the enterprises of the sector, the Cabinet of Ministers issued a decree "On approval of the program of modernization, technical and technological re-equipment of the coal industry and its balanced development for the period 2013-2018 years" on June 6, 2013 .

The program includes nine projects with a total estimated cost of 555.2 million U.S. dollars. They will be financed by the Fund for technical re-equipment and modernization of the coal industry, the own funds of Uzbekkumir, as well as loans from commercial banks. Implementation of investment projects will significantly increase the resources, ensure the safety of mining operations, and prepare highly qualified specialists.

Most of the money, which is 438 million US dollars, will be sent to the modernization of the existing production capacity of coal mines. For example, more than 334 million USD will be allocated to upgrade the production of Shargunkumir and purchase of equipment and special equipment. More than $ 100 million is allocated for the rehabilitation of production facilities of Uzbekkumir JSC and reconstruction of transport infrastructure.

Before the end of 2013 three investment projects will be fully implemented. Among them are technological modernization of the corporate network and data communications system and the construction and equipping territorial distribution centers in the Ferghana Valley, Khorezm and Bukhara regions and the Republic of Karakalpakstan.

This year the work will begin on upgrading and replacement of obsolete equipment at Shargunkumir JSC, support of the production capacities of Uzbekkumir and renovating its railway system will continue, development of an automated information system for the central supervisory control and production management will start. In the beginning of 2014 construction of a new coal mine Apartak will commence, which will be completed in 2016.

In short, the implementation of promising investment projects will raise the coal industry of Uzbekistan to the next level, significantly increase its production capacity to ensure stable and uninterrupted supply of the economy and population with solid fuel.

(Source: UzDaily.com)

UZBEKISTAN TO CONSTRUCT SECOND LINE OF BUKHARA REFINERY

Uzbekneftegaz national holding company is planning to construct the second ling of Bukhara Refinery in 2013-2016, according to date on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Economic Relations, Investments and Trade of Uzbekistan (MFERIT).

According to the MFERIT, the cost of the project makes up US$475 million.

The project on construction of the second line of the Refinery envisages productionof 960,000 tonnes of petroleum, 706,000 tonnes of diesel fuel and 250,000 tonnes of jet kerosene of Euro-3 standard a year.

Within the project, it is planned to build an isomerization unit for the first phase of the plant. The unit’s capacity will be 300,000 tonnes a year.

The project will be financed due to own resources of Uzbekneftegaz and foreign loans.

The project is implemented to optimize and modernize existing capacities of the plant with use of schemes, which will allow to increase production of light oil products up to 95%.

Bukhara Refinery has been commissioned in August 1997. The plant produces over 10 types of products, including three types of petroleum, diesel fuel and jet kerosene. It processes 2.5 million tonnes of gas condensate.

(Source: UzDaily.com)

TASHKENT WILL HOST BUSINESS TALKS BETWEEN THE UZBEK AND HUNGARIAN ENTREPRENEURS

On September 11-14, 2013, a business delegation from Hungary will visit Uzbekistan. The purpose of this visit is to promote trade and economic cooperation between the Uzbek and Hungarian business communities.

As reports the press service of the Chamber of Commerce of Uzbekistan, the delegation will include representatives of the companies involved in the pharmaceutical industry, the manufacture of medical equipment (instruments, tools), agricultural machinery, agricultural products canned (peas, corn, mushrooms, cherries, etc.) , the automobile industry (components of brake systems, engineering services), aviation technology, trade, tourism, education, etc.

As part of the visit, a Cooperative Exchange (business meetings) between the Uzbek and Hungarian entrepreneurs is planned, which will be held September 12 between 16.00-17.00, in the "Kokand" hall of International Business Center.

(Source: “Uzreport” Agency)

SOCIETY

IMPROVING THE QUALITY OF EDUCATION

Ministry of Public Education of the Republic of Uzbekistan and the Uzbek Agency for Press and Information held a press conference at the National Press Center, dedicated to providing educational institutions with teaching literature and broad introduction of information and communication and educational technologies to the educational process.

Minister of Public Education of the Republic of Uzbekistan U.Inoyatov , general director of the Uzbek Agency for Press and Information O.Yunusov and others noted that wide-ranging reforms in the education system, conducted under the leadership of President Islam Karimov, serve to bring up highly spiritual, harmoniously developed young people with independent thinking. The system of public education comprises 15730 educational institutions. Education is carried out in Uzbek, Karakalpak, Russian , Kazakh, Tajik, Kyrgyz, Turkmen languages.

22,533,772 copies of textbooks and teaching aid materials in 392 titles have been printed and delivered to schools for the 1 -, 4 -, 6 -, 7 th grade pupils for 2013-14 academic year. Electronic versions of all textbooks are available on the website of the Ministry of Public Education of the Republic of Uzbekistan. In addition, for the 1st grade pupils «Kids' English» textbook is published in 446,084 copies in Uzbek and in 59,974 copies in Russian .

28 secondary schools are chosen as pilot sites to develop a mechanism of implementation of the modern educational technologies in educational process. In March 23-27 this year the third phase of the republican subject Olympiads among students in secondary specialized educational institutions and secondary schools was held in the Republic of Karakalpakstan, regions and Tashkent city. The regional stage of the Olympiad was attended by 6979 students of secondary schools , 878 of them were winners.

According to the monitoring results, conducted in the 2012-2013 academic year, the quality of teaching in 9 subjects is of the highest level in Bukhara, Navoi and Khorezm regions and Tashkent city. In 2011-2012 special training courses were organized for secondary school teachers in order to improve the efficiency of the use of modern information and communication technologies.

In accordance with the requirements of state educational standards highly efficient multimedia and computer- electronic versions of textbooks for secondary schools are being developed. To date over three hundred electronic information and educational resources have been created and posted on the ministry's website.

(Source:UzDaily.com)

UZBEKISTAN AIRWAYS ENHANCES STAFF SKILLS

At the training center (TC) of the National Air Company of Uzbekistan were held staff enhancing courses for the personnel.

As the press service of the NAC "Uzbekistan Airways" reports, in August, two groups of flight attendants and pilots of aircraft Boeing 757/767 have successfully completed the initial trainings. Five-day “Type Rating Instructors” courses were held for flight instructors on Boeing-757/767 and the A320, after which they were granted certificates which enables them to train air crews.

Also, Flight-methodological department of TC has made amendments and additions to the "Program of training air crew on aircrafts of western production" DTP-4-15-01 - a new edition will take effect September 10, 2013. Currently, the training staff of TC of NAC is preparing for the training course «Dispatch».

(Source: “Uzreport” Agency)

OVER 4.4 MILLION PUPILS STUDY IN SCHOOLS IN UZBEKISTAN

Today at the National Press Center was held a conference dedicated to issues of providing schools with educational literature, introduction to the educational process of modern information, communication and educational technologies.

During the conference it was mentioned that at present in the public education system of Uzbekistan there are 9,765 schools, 4,962 pre-school, 211 "BarkamolAvlod" childcare centers, 299 children's music and art schools, 445 children and youth sports schools, 27 children’s homes, 5 state pedagogical Institutes and 16 retraining institutions for teachers.

In the schools of the country, there are 4,468,101 pupils and 410,654 teachers. Teaching is conducted in seven languages - Uzbek, Karakalpak, Russian, Kazakh, Tajik, Kyrgyz and Turkmen.

In the 2013-2014 school year is scheduled the publication of 22,533,772 copies of textbooks and teaching manuals of 392 titles for 1st, 4th, 6th, 7th grades of secondary schools, they have already been published and delivered in place.

In addition to the textbook for grade 1 textbook-‘Kid's English’ some 446,084 manuals in Uzbek and 59,974 in Russian for teachers and parents have also been published and distributed to every school.

- Prior to the adoption of the Resolution, only in 76% of the schools English was taught as a foreign language. Following its adoption, 95% of schools have from grade 1 introduced the study of a foreign language, including English. The positive result from studying of a foreign language depends not only on teachers or students, but also on parents. For example, textbooks also contain recommendations for parents. In first grade foreign language is taught in a playful way, without the alphabet, reading or writing, which will be in second grade - told us the head of department for general and specialized schools of the Ministry of National Education of the Republic of Uzbekistan Abdulrahim Nasirov.

We must note that the Ministry of People’s Education every year since 2010 has conducted a four-stage (school, district, regional, and national) knowledge competitions “Bilimlar bellashuvi" in academic subjects among schools.

In 2012-2013 school year, in some 9,600 schools (except for primary and special schools) were held contests of knowledge "Bilimlar bellashuvi", which took part over 690 thousand students compared to last school year.

Special attention of the participants was drawn to the use of modern technologies in the education process. So, 28 schools were set as pilot sites for their implementation.

In addition, the Ministry has developed and implemented in the educational process a complex of measures such as the "Lesson is sacred", "Learn and share", "I will learn a difficult subject", "Healthy environment - healthy community" calling for teachers to work on improving their professional skills, organizing and conducting classes at a new qualitative level.

The comparative analysis of monitoring the quality of education of 9 academic subjects showed that by the end of the academic year 2012-2013 figures were relatively higher in schools of Bukhara (55.9%), Navoi (55.4% ), Horezm (55.1%) regions and Tashkent city (54.9%).

Elaboration of textbooks and manuals for secondary schools on state educational standards is underway. To date, 119 units of electronic information and educational resources, of which 80 multimedia software, 26 educational films, 13 virtual labs are developed and implemented in some academic subjects.

We add that the Ministry of Education created the Centre for development of multimedia educational programs, fully equipped with modern computers and related equipment. The center has a modern server-platform, information flow is carried out through the web portal of the Ministry. Currently, work is underway to expand the content of this information and education portal.

(Source: “Uzreport” Agency)

ANDIJAN HOST EXHIBITION OF CRAFTSMEN

An exhibition of products of national craftsmanship was held in Andijan, UzA news agency reported.

The event was organized by regional Women’s Committee. The exhibition presented national clothes made by experienced designers and gold-embroidery masters.

The exhibition was directed at supporting and stimulating craftswomen and businesswomen, attracting attention of people to their products.

The participants of the exhibition presented unique national costumes, which were produced from national fabrics such as atlas, adras, bekasam, and others.

(Source:UzDaily.com)